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Clinkscales, Simpson & Mazzola Among 2022 Wynn Signature Series winners

Wynn Signature Series

From April 6-24, Wynn Poker played host to the Wynn Signature Series, which was comprised of a dozen events offering more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The series ultimately catered to a combined 4,401 entrants and awarded $2,324,655 in prize money. Among those to walk away with titles were Ben Palmer ($600 NLH $250K GTD for $58,262), Andrew Donabedian ($400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD for $9,772), and Tuan Mai ($400 NLH $40K GTD for $14,928), just to name a few.

Here’s a look at a few other big winners and stories from the 2022 Wynn Signature Series.

Alexander Mazzola Wins Main Event

Alexander Mazzola
Alexander Mazzola

The series concluded with a $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD NLH tournament from April 21-24. That event attracted 767 entries who created a $747,825 prize pool that was paid out to the top 83 finishers including Jesse Lonis (66th - $2,707), Cole Ferraro (60th - $3,040), Patrick Eskandar (37th - $3,913), Ping Liu ((30th - $4,461), and final table bubble boy Nikhil Gera (10th - $11,833).

The final table was comprised of some familiar faces including Joey Weissman (7th - $19,817), 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event runner-up John Strzemp (4th - $42,650), and Matt Affleck (3rd - $59,748).

The final two players agreed to an even heads-up chip that saw them each take home $110,376 in prize money. Jim Agate officially finished as runner-up while Alexander Mazzola claimed the trophy and title of champion.

Wynn Signature Series $1,100 NLH Final Table Results

1Alexander MazzolaLas Vegas, NV$110,376*
2James AgateLas Vegas, NV$110,376*
3Matt AffleckLas Vegas, NV$59,748
4John StrzempLas Vegas, NV$42,650
5Brandon FujiiLas Vegas, NV$31,857
6Raul GarzaAlton, TX$24,678
7Joey WeissmanLas Vegas, NV$19,817
8Peiwen WangIrvine, CA$16,452
9Thomas ZanotLas Vegas, NV$13,874

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Gary Simpson the Best Bounty Hunter

Gary Simpson
Gary Simpson

Another major event on the schedule was the $600 buy-in, $400K GTD Wynn Mystery Bounty event from April 13-17. That tournament attracted 1,247 entrants over four starting flights, which create a $648,440 prize pool, of which $249,400 was devoted to the mystery bounty pool.

The top 135 finishers got pair a piece of the regular prize pool including Eric Baldwin (52nd - $1,651), Nikhil Gera (27th - $2,382), Mark Seif (21st - $2,716), Eric Rivkin (8th - $7,682), and Anatolii Zyrin (4th - $19,952).

After Lam Dang Nguyen bowed out in third place for $28,172, the final two players worked a deal. Eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner David Larson ended up taking second place for $48,575 while Gary Simpson of Rancho Santa Margarita, California claim the title and $54,469 in prize money.

Wynn Signature Series $600 Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize (not including any bounties)
1Gary SimpsonRancho Santa Margarita, CA$54,469*
2David LarsonLas Vegas, NV$48,575*
3Lam Dang NguyenGarden Grove, CA$28,172
4Anatolii ZyrinRussia$19,952
5Sebastian CremaCanada$14,756
6Jose De Los ReyesLas Vegas, NV$11,512
7Robert MarchLas Vegas, NV$9,250
8Eric RivkinLaguna Woods, CA$7,682
9Changliang DengMountain House, CA$6,482

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Rex Clinkscales Wins $400 NLH Freezeout

Rex Clinkscales
Rex Clinkscales

On April 11, the $400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD attracted 111 runners and offered up a $38,295 prize pool to the top 13 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Sascha Masloch (10th - $961), Gerald Ford (11th - $961), Adolfo Marquez (12th - $839), and Christopher Flint (13th - $839).

Some familiar names at the final table were Patrick Lacey (6th - $1,815), Mark Liedtke (5th - $2,259), and David “The Maven” Gutfreund (4th - $3,064). In the end, it was former poker pro Rex Clinkscales besting Stephen Decker in heads-up play to win the Wynn trophy and $11,149 top prize.

$400 NLH Freezeout Final Table Results

1Rex ClinkscalesLas Vegas, NV$11,149
2Stephen DeckerDenver, CO$8,000
3Josephine Garcia FlintUK$4,481
4David GutfreundLas Vegas, NV$3,064
5Mark LiedtkeLas Vegas, NV$2,259
6Patrick LaceyMarlton, NJ$1,815
7Tyler HuculakLas Vegas, NV$1,524
8Robert McMillanPrescott, AZ$1,292
9Sascha PlathGermany$1,111

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2022 Wynn Signature Series Winners

*DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerHometown/CountryPrize*      
6-Apr$400 Seniors NLH $40K GTD205$70,725Robert GoldsteinLas Vegas, NV$16,256      
10-Apr$400 NLH $40K GTD146$50,370Mikal SmithChandler, AZ$15,191      
April 7-10$600 NLH $250K GTD697$362,440Ben PalmerLas Vegas, NV$58,262      
9-Apr$400 PLO Turbo $20K GTD67$23,115Andrew DonabedianLas Vegas, NV$9,772      
11-Apr$400 NLH Freezeout $25K GTD111$38,295Rex ClinkscalesLas Vegas, NV$11,149      
13-Apr$600 NLH Mystery Bounty $400K GTD1,247$648,440Gary SimpsonRancho Santa Margarita, CA$54,469      
12-Apr$400 Limit Omaha 8/B $25K GTD94$32,430Hicham ChamiLas Vegas, NV$10,739      
12-Apr$400 NLH $40K GTD146$50,370Jeffrey AllenSanta Rosa, CA$12,605      
April 18-21$400 NLH $100K GTD562$193,890Vincent FreemanMemphis, TN$39,186      
20-Apr$400 NLH $3K Survivor $100 Bounty171$41,89513 WinnersN/A$3,000      
April 21-24$1,100 NLH $500K GTD767$747,825Alexander MazzolaLas Vegas, NV$110,376      
24-Apr$400 NLH $40K GTD188$64,860Tuan MaiSan Jose, CA$14,928      

The Wynn released the schedule for the 2022 Wynn Summer Classic, which is scheduled to take place from May 31-July 20 alongside the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on the same dates. Click here for more details.

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